The ongoing labour dispute at British Airways has ended the last day of the latest five-day strike.

Airport news for Travel,Heathrow on 03/06/2010.

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The second of three planned five-day walkouts by cabin crew at British Airways has entered day five. The last in this series of walkouts is scheduled to begin on Saturday. The latest round of negotiations ended on Tuesday. If the Unite union and the airline are unable to reach an agreement, the union could ballot members on holding more strikes in July.

British Airways has faced considerable industrial action this year, beginning with a strike in March over pay and working conditions. That strike also laid the ground for the latest round of walkouts. Though BA and Unite finally reached an agreement concerning the issues that sparked the March action, the carrier rescinded cheap travel perks for staff who took part in the original strike.

Unite members are angry at British Airways for penalizing staff they see as having behaved properly in joining a legal strike. So, despite the original pay and conditions demands having been addressed, the current series of strikes are likely to continue unless BA restores those travel perks.

BA has managed to support an increasing percentage of flights through its Heathrow hub during the strikes. Next week, it aims to provide service for 80 per cent of long-haul flights from Heathrow. It expects to be able to support passengers using 60 per cent of short-haul flights out of Heathrow.

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